Copeland named Top-Notch Teacher finalist

Frenship's Nicholas Copeland was named a finalist for a Top-Notch Teacher Award. (Provided by FISD.)

Frenship’s Nicholas Copeland was named a finalist for a Top-Notch Teacher Award.
(Provided by FISD.)

Frenship High School teacher Nicholas Copeland became suspicious when one of his co-workers was asking questions about his resume, but little did he know he was about to be nominated for a Top-Notch Teacher Award.

The geometry and CTE teacher got the news right before spring break — not only was he nominated but he was also a finalist for the honor presented as a part of second annual The Varsity Brands 2017 School Spirit Awards.

“I was pretty shocked. I didn’t think that people thought that I deserved (an award). I’m delighted to see that someone took the time to do that,” Copeland said. “Education is such an underappreciated profession. … It’s always nice to have moments like this making an impact.”

According to a news release from Rubenstein Public Relations, The Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards — presented by Varsity Spirit, Herff Jones and BSN SPORTS — celebrates the very best of America’s high schools with 23 categories and over $100,000 in award money to honor students, staff and school organizations that make a positive and lasting impact in their schools and communities.

The news release reads: “Through this initiative, Varsity Brands aims to elevate the student experience and promote school spirit nationwide.”

The Top-Notch Teacher Award will honor one teacher who understands that achievement means more than a number in a gradebook. Teaching means helping students discover their strength and passions.

Copeland is one of four finalists, including Chapin High School’s Billie Williams, Perry Central’s Mary Hagedorn and St. Vincent Academy’s Justin Johnson.

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